Bait and switch

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Re: Bait and switch
In reply to gazis, 6 months ago

I've seen several variations on this which don't break any laws. The retailer offers an XYZ model something at a competitive price. When the punter rings / arrives then then 'Unfortunately Sir, the XYZ is sold out and I don't know when we'll be getting them back in stock so I can't take your order.'

'However I do have this XYZ+ from Sony which as Sir knows is a much better machine altogether and I can do for just a bit more than the inferior model..'

So punter is sucked in by an advert for something the retailer never had and couldn't sell and ends up paying more for something else. The retailer may be issuing misleading advertising but is very unlikely to get prosecuted for it: too hard to prove.

Auto dealers do this all the time..upselling"

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